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PATRICK DEMPSEY (Jack) is best known for his portrayal of Dr.
Derek Shepherd on the ABC hit series Grey's Anatomy. In 2007, his performance
earned him a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Performance by an
Ensemble in a Drama Series. He was nominated for seven People's Choice Awards
for the role, and, in 2015, took home his third award. In 2006 and 2007, Dempsey
was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a
Television Series - Drama, and in 2006, he was nominated for a SAG Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
Dempsey's production company Shifting Gears produces content for both television
and film. They have optioned the book "The Limit," for which they are currently
developing a series at SundanceTV, as well as the series Fodors, which is being
developed for NBCUniversal International Networks. Shifting Gears is also
producing the upcoming The Art of Racing in the Rain.
Alongside Dempsey's passion for acting is his great passion for motorsports. He
has been competitively driving and operating his race and championship-winning
Dempsey Racing team for nearly a decade. In 2013, Dempsey starred in the
Shifting Gears produced docuseries Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans for Velocity
Channel. The series followed Dempsey as he served as both owner and driver for
an auto racing team tackling the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world's
oldest automotive endurance race. Dempsey served as both the executive producer
and on-air focus for the series.
In 2008, he opened the doors of the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and
Healing in his hometown of Lewiston, Maine. Each fall, the Dempsey Challenge-a
run, walk and cycle fundraising experience-takes place to raise funds for free
support, education and integrative medicine services to anyone impacted by
Dempsey became well known from the classic 1980s nostalgia films Can't Buy Me
Love and Loverboy. His additional film credits include Transformers: Dark of the
Moon, Valentine's Day, Made of Honor, Enchanted, Freedom Writers, Sweet Home
Alabama, Scream 3, With Honors, Outbreak, Hugo Pool, The Treat, The Emperor's
Club, Heaven Help Us, Happy Together, Some Girls, Coupe de Ville, Run, Mobsters
and In the Mood.
Dempsey nabbed a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2001 for his portrayal of
Sela Ward's psychologically unbalanced brother Aaron Brooks in the critically
acclaimed television program Once and Again. In 2000-2001, he made memorable
guest appearances on three episodes of NBC's hit show Will & Grace as Will's
love interest and, in 2004, he co-starred in the highly acclaimed HBO production
Iron Jawed Angels opposite Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston.
Additionally, Dempsey starred in the NBC movie based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's
"Crime and Punishment" opposite Ben Kingsley. He also appeared in the television
miniseries 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Michael Caine. He co-starred with
Oliver Reed in the biblical epic, Jeremiah. Other television movies and
miniseries include JFK: Reckless Youth, A Season in Purgatory, BloodKnot, The
Right to Remain Silent, In a Shallow Grave and Blonde.
Dempsey first appeared onstage as David in the San Francisco production of Torch
Song Trilogy. Other early stage work included On Golden Pond for the Maine
Acting Company; the international touring production of Brighton Beach Memoirs,
which was directed by Gene Saks; and The Subject Was Roses at the Roundabout
Theatre in New York. He also took the stage in The Pasadena Playhouse run of The
Importance of Being Earnest as Algernon Moncrieff.
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